The Berkeley School

1310 University Avenue,
Berkeley, CA, 94702-0947
Tel: (510)-66-5-8800
Grades: PK - 8 | 275 students
Berkeley Montessori School is an independent school serving children ages 3 to 14, located on two beautiful campuses in Berkeley, CA. BMS is not a place where students just "do" school.
BMS is a welcoming place where students, parents, and teachers are engaged in meaningful learning.
Students develop the skills and knowledge they need within assignments and projects that encourage inquiry, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, ethics, and habits of mind and heart with connections to the wider world---all within a respectful, culturally responsive community.
BMS is a place where teachers are supported to continue their own learning so that they integrate the best available knowledge into their practice.
BMS is a place where parents are supported in their parenting through ongoing workshops, parenting circles, and many opportunities for participation.
BMS is a place that transforms education to meet the needs of our students for their future. At BMS, we strive to ignite curious minds, awaken generous hearts, and engage in a changing world.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 8
Learning Programs Supported Learning Specialist and Child Psychologist on Staff
Year Founded 1964

Student Body

Total Students 275 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 29%
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade The Berkeley School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 32 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 23 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition is grade specific and ranges from $16,650 to $19,500 depending on program level.
% on Financial Aid 27%
Acceptance Rate 75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Paula Farmer

Sports

Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Flag Football, VolleyballBasketballFlag Football,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Eco Club, Garage Band (Middle School) Eco Club, Garage Band (Middle School),

School Notes:

  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Field Trips to promote experiential learning along with the academic curriculum on all levels
  • Montessori Plus approach to pedagogy
  • Lucy Calkins Readers and Writers Workshop
  • Terc Math K-5; Connected Math + Algebra in Middle School
  • Peaceful Playground

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is West-wind Academy (0.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Shu Ren International School (0 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Nia House Learning Center (0.5 miles away)
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  • Berkeley Shu Ren International School
    Special Program Emphasis
    1333 University Ave
    Berkeley , CA , 94702
    (510)981-0320
    Special Program Emphasis
    0  mi  |  41  students  |  Gr.  K-3
  • Berkeley
    West-wind Academy
    Special Program Emphasis
    1551 University Ave
    Berkeley , CA , 94703
    (510)841-1426
    Special Program Emphasis
    0.3  mi  |  24  students  |  Gr.  2-12
  • Berkeley
    St. Joseph The Worker School
    (Roman Catholic)
    2125 Jefferson Avenue
    Berkeley , CA , 94703
    (510)845-6266
    (Roman Catholic)
    0.4  mi  |  127  students  |  Gr.  K-8
  • Berkeley
    Nia House Learning Center
    Montessori School
    2234 9th Street
    Berkeley , CA , 94710
    (510)845-6099
    Montessori School
    0.5  mi  |  48  students  |  Gr.  PK-K
  • Berkeley
    Cedar Creek Montessori School
    Montessori School
    1600 Sacramento St
    Berkeley , CA , 94702
    (510)525-1377
    Montessori School
    0.5  mi  |  3  students  |  Gr.  PK-K

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The average private school tuition in Berkeley, CA is $16,023 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Berkeley, CA is 73% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).